Description of the artwork «Portrait of Lieutenant General F. Golikov, commander of the 10th Army»
The portrait was painted for the 80th anniversary of Mikhailov's liberation from the Nazi invaders. On December 6, 1941 the Tula offensive operation began, the goal of which was to defeat the strike group of the German troops, operating in the direction of Tula, and to eliminate the threat of encirclement of Moscow from the south and southeast. The plan was to use the forces of the newly formed 10th army of Lieutenant-General Philipp Golikov (future Marshal of the Soviet Union) to strike a powerful blow on the flank of the 2nd tank army of Guderian, where the German 10th motorized division was coming to a wide front. On the night of December 7, 1941 units of the 328th and 330th Infantry Divisions of the 10th Army rushed into the city, and by the morning it was completely free of the invaders. The liberation of Mikhailov became one of the key stages of the Battle for Moscow and the beginning of the Soviet troops' counter-offensive.